Post # 1
I filled out my census form yesterday and I had a sort of giddy excitement about it. It is the first census I have ever filled out and it’s kind of exciting. Just like the first year that I was able to vote in a presidential election! Plus I love that my first one is when I’m married! Anyone else feel the same?
Post # 3
My husband was totally excited about the census. Until we got it and pretty much all you listed was your name and age. He thought it was more involved than that (so did I actually). He was disappointed. 🙁
Post # 4
Yea, I was kind of excited too…except it really wasn’t a very involved process. I was also expecting more questions.
Post # 5
I thought it was more involved too! lol. I had never done one before! I was also sad because we’ll be listed as single and living in Portland for the next ten years when we’re moving away AND getting married in a few months. lol.
Post # 6
Haha we had the exact same thing yesterday! I giggled and said “Look! We’re making an impact!” He smiled and said “Good job honey”. He thinks it’s hilarious that I get so excited about little things. I also jumped up and down about the sun shining today 😉
Post # 7
I thought it would be more involved too but I’m glad they don’t ask for a lot of personal things (don’t want too much of my info floating out there to be stolen).
Post # 8
While it was kind of exciting for ME apparently it wasn’t so for hubby. He was in a MOOD while he was filling out that form, and wanted to know why “American” is not considered a race while “Chinese” is a race, “Vietnamese” is a race, “Mexican” is a race and so on. He said that the names of each of those races represent the countries that they are from and was seriously going on and on and on about it and irritating me to no end. He wondered why there wasn’t a box for “American” only “Caucasian” LOL. I didn’t know what to tell him except to fill the freaking thing out and stop talking about it. So he went ahead and checked the box for “Caucausian” and then in the little boxes for “other” race he wrote HUMAN.
LOL! He can be VERY stubborn and QUITE the smart “you-know-what”.
Note: Hubby is by no means racist, he was more or less poking fun at the govt.
Post # 9
@okqueenbee: I used to do a lot of research for a professor using census data, and in some regions of the country, like 20% of people list their race as American.
Race is a construct that doesn’t actually have a lot of meaning, but if anything American would seem to mean American Indian.
Post # 10
I jumped up and down and clapped my hands when the census stuff arrived. Fiance agreed–we’re political scientists and a lot of what we teach ebout is affected by the census.
Post # 11
@ monitajb – Until he brought it up, it wasn’t really anything I ever thought about, but he said that he was truly insulted about it. He also said that he actually didn’t like the fact that they asked about race at all, since we are all part of the HUMAN race.
Post # 13
I filled it out and I thought it was very anti-climatic. But a civic duty none the less. I filled it out as a married even though we are not married yet. We get married in September and the government will view us married the whole year regarding taxes… why not the census.
Post # 14
@ okqueenbee: I can see his point, and he shares it with a lot of people. I think it is one of those things where it has been asked since the beginning, and never got taken off. If anything, social scientists would love MORE info, because it is such a useful database for research. So basically, some of the people who actually use the info would scream if it had even less info.
By The Way, just in case anyone doesn’t know, your name is not part of the data when it gets published for use.
Post # 15
i read they changed the form a lot since the last census so maybe they streamlined it? i thought it was going to be more but actually kind of relieved it wasn’t since i had to fill it out for my parents. made it a lot easier and i didn’t have to ask them any questions. haha
Post # 16
I was excited to fill out my census too but I was a little upset that I didnt get to put that Im married! We will be married close to 10 years by the time we get to put that on there! Fiance does not care for the census because he is a hardcore libertarian and apparently the libertarian party doesnt agree with the census